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Commonwealth Games 2010: Millar & Armitstead win medals

2010 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Venue: Delhi, India Dates: 3-14 October 2010 Coverage: Comprehensive live coverage across BBC TV, radio, online, BBC Red Button, mobile and BBC iPlayer services. Find full coverage details here. And a full schedule of events here.

Women's road race

Armitstead pipped to cycling gold

Scotland's David Millar took bronze and Lizzie Armitstead of England won silver in the Commonwealth Games road races.

Millar was part of the final break but was outpaced on the line as Australian Allan Davis edged Kiwi Hayden Roulston.

Pre-race favourite Mark Cavendish could not get into position on the final lap of the 168km race and was seventh.

Australian Rochelle Gilmore won the women's race in a sprint, with Armitstead beaten into second and Welsh Olympic champion Nicole Cooke fifth.

Millar's bronze was Scotland's first Commonwealth road race medal and the 33-year-old, who will also compete in Wednesday's 40km individual time trial, said: "I really enjoyed racing with this jersey and with the team - it was a good experience."

 Australian Allan Davisin i

Scotland's Millar wins bronze in road race

Victory for Davis was the fourth successive Australian gold in the men's road race.

He did not take the lead until the final lap, and sprinted to the front over the last 500 metres, ably assisted by teammate Christopher Sutton, who finished fourth.

"I wouldn't be here without my teammates," Davis said. "I didn't know what to do. Cam [teammate Cameron Meyer] wasn't with me and Cavendish was behind me, so I really had to use my brains to make it work and I did."

Meanwhile, Gilmore's team-mate Chloe Hosking won bronze medal in an exciting 112km race.

But Cooke finished outside the medals after being squeezed out in the final yards.

"I struggled with the heat. It was like riding in a hair dryer, but it was the same for everyone," said Armitstead.

The 21-year-old Armitstead, from Otley in Yorkshire, admitted to being disappointed at not taking the gold but vowed to return stronger for the Olympics in 2012.

"I just felt like I let the girls down a little bit," said Armitstead, referring to her team-mates Emma Pooley and Sharon Laws.

"It was our first try at a lead out and they had to do a little bit too much too soon and I waited a little bit. I hesitated, because I wanted the job to get done right until the line.

Scottish cyclist David Millar

Bronze a thank you to team - Millar

"I should have made the split-decision to get on a wheel instead because they'd just done too much.

"They did a perfect job, we could have just done with the line being a bit closer.

"But for our first attempt as a team - we've not even tried it in training - I'm really impressed and I think we can only get better. Come London we should be a forced to be reckoned with."

Only 37 of the 59 cyclists completed a gruelling women's race which went through the centre of the city, passing notable landmarks such as the President's Palace, Parliament House and Connaught Place shopping centre.

But the streets were bereft of spectators because the roads surrounding the course were closed by police for security reasons.

The early stages of the eight-lap race were overshadowed by crashes: Angharad Mason of Wales came off her bike in a nasty fall while Laws crashed into a barrier on a hairpin corner.

Armitstead's right foot also collided with a barrier in the final 3km, but she did not believe it impacted on her performance.

"One of the cardboard things that goes on top of the barrier flew out into me.

"I just escaped a crash, but I smacked my little toe and it's pretty blue and swollen.

"I simply made a wrong decision at the finish. I think I had the legs, but never mind."

Cooke - the pre-race favourite - had an uphill task to repeat her Commonwealth Games victory of 2002 after being left to challenge the Australian and English teams without support after all of her team-mates dropped out during the race.

"I knew I had to be in the front but I was a little behind," said Cooke.

Cooke was expected to use the English riders to protect her in the last lap and help her sprint at the end.

"I should have used them but I didn't and I came in fifth," she added.



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